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Arabian Scops Owl ~ Otus pamelae


The Arabian Scops Owl is a very small owl with small but erectile ear-tufts. It was formerly treated as a subspecies of the Pallid or African Scops Owl.

Sound Gallery

Typical call - Yemen. © Dave Farrow.


Distribution: Southern Arabia from Saudi Arabia to Oman.

Range of Arabian Scops Owl (Otus pamelae)
Range of the Arabian Scops Owl Otus pamelae

Status: Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Bates. 1937. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 57, p. 150.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Otus pamelae at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from The Middle East, Genus: Otus.

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2020-10-08. Copyright Information.